Martin L. Glackin, 86, real estate sales executive

July 09, 2004

Martin L. Glackin, a retired Bel Air real estate sales executive and decorated World War II combat medic who was active in veterans organizations, died of stroke complications July 2 at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The Bel Air resident was 86.

Mr. Glackin was born and raised in Delta, Pa., and Street. He graduated from Dublin High School in 1934, enlisted in the Army in 1941 and served in North Africa, Italy and the Ardennes with the 2nd Armored Division. His unit landed at Omaha Beach on June 9, 1944.

"When asked about the war, one of the first things he would very proudly tell was that he was one of five brothers that went to war, and all five came home," said a nephew, Carl Glackin of Fawn Grove, Pa.

Mr. Glackin was decorated with two Bronze Stars, the first, in 1944, for going to the aid of wounded soldiers amid heavy shelling. He attained the rank of staff sergeant.

He had worked in real estate sales since the late 1940s, for many years with a brother's firm, then establishing Martin L. Glackin & Associates, later part of Glackin & O'Neill Realty Inc. He retired in 1995.

He was a member of Bel Air American Legion Post 39, where he endowed a scholarship fund for dependents of veterans. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Pylesville, where a funeral Mass was offered Tuesday.

He is survived by a brother, J. Raymond Glackin of Cockeysville; a sister, Carolyn G. Cochran of Whiteford, Harford County; and many nieces and nephews.

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